Alexandrite: The Imperial Gemstone

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Alexandrite is one of the official birthstones of June, a status it shares with cultured pearl and moonstone. A relatively modern gem, it was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. In Russian legend, this … [Read more...]

Asterism: Star Gemstones

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Some of the most interesting members of the gem kingdom are those reflecting bright bands of light that form stars. This optical phenomenon is known as "Asterism". The term "Asterism" comes from the Greek word "aster", which means … [Read more...]

Chatoyancy: Cat’s Eye Effect

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Chatoyancy is an optical phenomenon in which a band of reflected light, known as a “cat’s eye,” moves just beneath the surface of a dome-shape cut gemstone. The name "chatoyance" originates from the French word "chatoyer," which means … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Akoya Pearls

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It is important to realize that almost all pearls available on the market today are in fact cultured, and that finding saltwater pearls in their natural state is almost unheard of. The difference between natural and cultured pearls focuses on whether the pearl was created spontaneously by nature – without human … [Read more...]

A Closer Look at Glass-Filled Rubies

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Glass-Filled rubies have been a hot topic recently affecting both industry insiders as well as a consumers alike. Here is what you need to know to bring yourself up-to-speed on this highly controversial issue, as explained by The Gemological Institute of America. … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Tahitian Pearls

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Unlike the more common pearl types, Tahitian pearls typically have a much darker body color and they have become some of the most sought-after, and most expensive pearls in the world. Tahitian pearls are known for their amazing iridescent, vibrant, almost metallic colors, and are unique among … [Read more...]

In Depth: Freshwater Pearls

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The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, yet Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya saltwater pearls! Production is so large that even lovely lustrous specimens are affordable, particularly in off-round shapes. For that reason, freshwater cultured pearls are … [Read more...]

Natural, Synthetic, or Simulant?

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In today's high-tech jewellery landscape it can be difficult, when making jewelry or gemstone purchases, to decipher the terminology used to describe the origins of a particular gemstone. The significant differences in price between natural, synthetic as well as imitation stones can easily turn what looks … [Read more...]

Ion 4.3’’ Inspection Magnifier

The Ion 4.3 Inspection Magnifier

The Ion 4.3 is an award winning inspection magnifier that provides a crystal clear image for the user. Suitable for quick and immediate use, the Ion is fast to start, comfortable to hold and highly intuitive to use as the product has been designed to replicate the look and feel of an optical magnifier. … [Read more...]